Wednesday, July 17, 2024

This piece, titled “REvEaLING,” was on display at Megan Culbertson’s Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition at Montana State University on December 16 of last year.Culbertson turned her own body into a canvass to create a performance piece, titled “Parts,” that was recorded beforehand and then played over a projector at the Thesis Exhibition.

Culbertson awarded by MSU, to take next step in artistic career

For some, drawing an identifiable stick figure is a real struggle.

For others, a game of Pictionary is a breeze, and sketching and doodling can be a relaxing pastime.

For a select few, not only does the artistic ability come naturally, but it is paired with a passion and drive to create and connect with others through a variety of unique and creative methods. These are the artists.

Absarokee 2012 grad Megan Culbertson is an artist, and after a successful undergraduate career in Bozeman, she is continuing on to the next stage in Pullman, Wash.

In May, Culbertson received a Bronze Pencil award from Montana State University.

The Bronze Pencil is awarded to graduating seniors in the various focus areas within the MSU art department. Students are nominated by teachers and are chosen by a board of faculty members based on a set of criteria including citizenship, extra curricular activities, grades, work ethic, and leadership.

Culbertson was one of five recipients with a focus in studio art.

Now that she has graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art, Culbertson will be attending a two-year studio art Master of Fine Arts program at Washington State University.

With an undergrad emphasis in drawing/painting, she will focus on her true passion in grad school – printmaking.

Culbertson took her first printmaking class in college after declaring her undergrad focus, and although she fell in love with the art form, changing her focus would have meant an extended amount of time to complete the degree.

While she will take a variety of classes during her time at Washington State, Culbertson is excited to finally focus on printmaking and to learn and practice the various techniques that fall within the emphasis.

In her own words, Culbertson’s art predominately draws upon themes of “issues in feminism and the separation between identity and ego.” In many pieces, clothing represents the various personas we each employ when interacting with different people in our lives.

She will join about two-dozen other art students in WSU’s M.F.A. program this fall.